The Orlando Orthopaedic Center Foundation presented a $1,500 scholarship to a UCF Student Athletic Trainers’ Organization (SATO) student at its 16th Annual Virtual Orthopaedic Update for Allied Healthcare Professions seminar.  For the first time in its history, the seminar was held as a virtual meeting, bringing together more than 450 attendees from the comfort of their homes.

The annual $1,500 scholarship helps students pursue their education in sports medicine. This year, Julia Phillips, a student enrolled in the UCF Master of Athletic Training Program, was awarded the scholarship.

“I want to personally thank the Orlando Orthopaedic Center Foundation for awarding me with this scholarship. The scholarship will help pay for my continued education and aid me in becoming an athletic trainer,” she says. “I’m passionate about this profession, as I want to help athletes strive to be their best mentally and physically.”

The seminar, held on Saturday, August 1, welcomed hundreds of allied healthcare professionals to learn, network and claim the affordable continuing education credits (CEUs) offered.

This one-day program provides the most up-to-date information and education on orthopaedics and sports medicine topics. The specially-designed program helps healthcare providers acquire the skills and knowledge they need to provide quality care and to improve patient outcomes.

“Although we had to hold the seminar virtually this year due to COVID-19, we believe this event was a huge success and still provided the latest education, information, and continuing education our attendees have come to expect,” says seminar moderator and organizer Andrew J. Reber, MA, LAT, ATC, Sports Medicine Outreach Coordinator for Orlando Orthopaedic Center. “It was definitely a different experience, but we’re confident the presenters and attendees were still able to benefit from the unique format and course agenda.” 

Sessions at this year’s seminar focused on:

  • Industrial Athlete Program Mode
  • Current Management of the Distal Biceps Tendon Tear
  • Impact of Educational and Legislative Interventions on Curbing the Opioid Crisis 
  • Telemedicine for the Acute Injury Encounter: How to Make it Work 

For more information about the Orlando Orthopaedic Center Foundation and the various programs which support its mission, visit